Within your budget, this was posted on the Hasselblad mailing list today by one of the regulars;
Originally Posted by patashnik
I had the same decision. I decided to go with an overhauled 500cm kit from David Odess. I figured that it would be basically a new camera at that point and wouldn't fail me at a bad time. One of my fears with Hasselblad was that even a few year old camera could have an awful lot of film put through it when I got it. I did get a 50mm and a 150mm used, but I figured I can always get by with only two of three lenses if I needed to.
Are you planing to go longer than 150mm?
If not, the mirror isn't an issue, get one good condition 500 CM and invest in good glass.
... unless you are planing to do some close up work and are going to put your lenses on tubes or even bellows.
Originally Posted by André E.C.
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Remember one thing, the worst thing you can do to a hasselblad is not run film through it. They like to be exercised as do the lenses. Used is fine, as they are weill built cameras and I have never had a problem with mine. I've used a 21mm tube on my 150 sonnar, and I do no thave the gliding mirror.... Images are fine, composition on the screen is also not that bad.
It's on the screen only, yes.
Originally Posted by André E.C.
I have done lots of close-up work, and can tell you it sucks not to know where the frame ends. Not to know what's in the frame, and what's not.
Reason why i bought me the Hasselblad with better mirror then: an 2000-series focal plane body.
I also use the 120 mm and 250 mm lenses al lot. Same thing: a nuissance.
The 120 mm, though being shorter, is worse than the 150 mm when viewfinder vignetting is concerned (it's the exit pupil position, not the focal length that counts. Which is why the thing appears when you move the exit pupil away from the film by inserting tubes between other lenses and camera too. Or even when using the extension in the lens mount itself).
Use this lens close-up and the guessing-nuissance begins again.
Same with the 250 mm lens (which already shows the maximum amount of viewfinder vignetting you get. Now it's the mirror size, not the exit pupil position, that is setting the amount of vignetting. Longer lenses produce the same amount of viewfinder vignetting.)
So it's also on film: you do not know quite what's in frame, so you allow for that, and cannot frame as precise as you would have liked.
And it can fool you easily too, making you compose inside the bit you see, forgetting about the missing bit on top. Strange pictures, with lots of room above the subject ar the result.
But many, many Hasselblad photographers have made do with the too small mirror, and it hasn't stopped them producing beautiful image.
So you get used to it.
So do not let it deter you from buying a 500 C/M or 501 C (without M). Despite having a bunch of cameras with larger mirror, i still use a 500 C/M myself too, now and again.
But given a choice, do yourself a favour, and get the camera with the larger mirror; the 503 CW or 501 CM.
Last edited by Q.G.; 07-28-2008 at 01:55 PM. Click to view previous post history.